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The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen

JOIN US 7 pm On Wednesday, February 7, 2018 when Jean Speight, local historian and a retired New Castle School District teacher, presents, “The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen.” The program features a power point and lecture. FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. “In 1925, an Army War College Study …

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William A. Stewart – An Overly Qualified Barber

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) William A. Stewart was born in 1834 in Mercer County to Lemuel B. and Margaret Stewart. He married Isabelle Berry and they had two children, Emma and Eugene. William educated himself when a young man and studied law, and was admitted to the bar …

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New Wilmington’s Village Barber

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) Henry Williamson Brooks was born in Ross Township, Allegheny County on July 3, 1846 to John and Eliza (Turbin) Brooks. Henry learned the “tonsorial” (barber) trade in Pittsburgh and worked at the business there for about nine years. He married his wife Emma about …

Traveling Shoes: Looking at African American Migration

The migration saw the relocation of more than 6 million African Americans from the rural South to parts of the North, Midwest and West. The year 1910, when 7 million of the 8 million African Americans lived below the cotton curtain. African Americans sought to build a new place for themselves, …

Book Signing at the Ice Cream Social

Signing to Benefit Lawrence County Historical Society Coauthors, Susan Urbanek Linville and Elizabeth Hoover DiRisio, have scheduled a book signing for their new publication, In Hot Pursuit, The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad in Lawrence County, PA. The signing will take place Saturday, July 9th, 7pm-8pm, at the Lawrence …

Twenty Extraordinary African American Women!

“The history of women’s contributions to this nation has not been limited to the struggle of women’s right alone. Our nation owes whatever prosperity, enlightenment and success it has achieved to the hard work and dedication of millions upon millions of women who have given their lives and their efforts to …

Early Years of Black Cinema

  “Films featuring Black performers and images at the beginning of the 20th century portrayed African Americans in insulting stereotypes. This program will take a look at and discuss some of these earlier performers and movies.”  … Jean Speight       Also, in the presentation will be Oscar Micheaux, …

Book Signing: Meet Ted Toles Jr and Author Michael Swank

Living on Borrowed Time: The Life and Times of Negro League Player Ted Toles Jr The Lawrence County Historical Society, 408 North Jefferson Street, New Castle, is sponsoring a book signing on Saturday, February 7th from 1pm to 4pm. Meet New Castle Indians player Ted Toles, Jr. and the author …